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Laos vows to fully suport China's fight against COVID-19

(Xinhua)    14:43, February 29, 2020

VIENTIANE, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Lao officials have vowed to continue to fully support China's fight against COVID-19 and learn from China's experiences in preventing the spread of epidemic.

Chinese Ambassador Jiang Zaidong met with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party politburo member and Vientiane mayor Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, and Deputy Minister of Public Security Kongthong Phongvichit, and talked with Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith by telephone from Wednesday to Friday, thanking the Lao side for hosting the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Coronavirus Disease and the fifth Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Vientiane on Feb. 20.

During the talks in Vientiane, both also exchanged views on the cooperation over COVID-19 epidemic prevention.

The Lao officials said the Lao side feels heartfully grateful of the trust and support from China to host the two meetings, which, under the bilateral efforts from the Lao and Chinese sides and the proactive collaboration from the ASEAN members, have achieved the expected results and accomplish a complete success, strengthened the unity and cooperation between ASEAN and China, and increased Laos' international and regional status.

The Lao side will review its experiences and work with China to advance the future bilateral and multilateral exchanges and cooperation, the Lao officials told the Chinese envoy.

Ambassador Jiang said the Lao side has fully prepared and successfully held the two foreign ministers' meetings, sending a positive message that China and ASEAN countries will join hands to respond to the epidemic, protect the people's health, and promote exchanges and cooperation.

"We highly appreciate and sincerely thank the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs for coordinating the preparations and organizing affairs of the two conferences, the Lao capital of Vientiane for providing logistical support, and the Ministry of Public Security for careful arrangements in terms of security to ensure the safety and success of the conferences," said the Chinese envoy.

As the current situation of the COVID-19 epidemic is still developing, China is willing to share the experience of prevention and control with the Lao side and provide necessary assistance, he said.

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